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NEW YORK (AP) — Shane Victorino charges hard from center field, chasing a sinking line drive. His glove, the ball and the grass all smack together at the same time. What’s the call?
Next year, it well could be: Let’s look at the replay!
Major League Baseball is leaning toward expanding replay for the 2012 season to include trapped balls and fair-or-foul rulings down the lines, a person familiar with the talks tells The Associated Press.
Commissioner Bud Selig and a group of umpires discussed the extra video review at spring training and were in agreement, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter is still being discussed.
“Yeah to all of them, oh yeah,” St. Louis reliever Ryan Franklin said. “I just think they should all be called the right way, and it doesn’t matter if it takes an extra five minutes.”
“Don’t take so long between innings, cut 10 seconds off between every half-inning and that could make up for five minutes for the replay on a trapped ball or something like that,” he said. “It doesn’t happen that often.”
Baseball began using replay late in the 2008 season, though only to check potential home run balls.
Since then, there have been a spate of missed calls in the playoffs and World Series.
Last October, Yankees right fielder Greg Golson clearly caught a low liner for the final out of Game 1 in New York’s first-round series against Minnesota, but the umpire ruled the ball bounced.
In the 2009 American League playoffs, Joe Mauer’s looper down the left-field line landed fair by a full foot at Yankee Stadium, hopped into the seats and was mistakenly called a foul ball.